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Proverbs 19 (New King James Version)

1 Better is the poor who walks in his integrity
Than one who is perverse in his lips, and is a fool.
2 Also it is not good for a soul to be without knowledge,
And he sins who hastens with his feet.
3 The foolishness of a man twists his way,
And his heart frets against the LORD.
4 Wealth makes many friends,
But the poor is separated from his friend.
5 A false witness will not go unpunished,
And he who speaks lies will not escape.
6 Many entreat the favor of the nobility,
And every man is a friend to one who gives gifts.
7 All the brothers of the poor hate him;
How much more do his friends go far from him!
He may pursue them with words, yet they abandon him.
8 He who gets wisdom loves his own soul;
He who keeps understanding will find good.
9 A false witness will not go unpunished,
And he who speaks lies shall perish.
10 Luxury is not fitting for a fool,
Much less for a servant to rule over princes.
11 The discretion of a man makes him slow to anger,
And his glory is to overlook a transgression.
12 The king’s wrath is like the roaring of a lion,
But his favor is like dew on the grass.
13 A foolish son is the ruin of his father,
And the contentions of a wife are a continual dripping.
14 Houses and riches are an inheritance from fathers,
But a prudent wife is from the LORD.
15 Laziness casts one into a deep sleep,
And an idle person will suffer hunger.
16 He who keeps the commandment keeps his soul,
But he who is careless[a] of his ways will die.
17 He who has pity on the poor lends to the LORD,
And He will pay back what he has given.
18 Chasten your son while there is hope,
And do not set your heart on his destruction.[b]
19 A man of great wrath will suffer punishment;
For if you rescue him, you will have to do it again.
20 Listen to counsel and receive instruction,
That you may be wise in your latter days.
21 There are many plans in a man’s heart,
Nevertheless the LORD’s counsel—that will stand.
22 What is desired in a man is kindness,
And a poor man is better than a liar.
23 The fear of the LORD leads to life,
And he who has it will abide in satisfaction;
He will not be visited with evil.
24 A lazy man buries his hand in the bowl,[c]
And will not so much as bring it to his mouth again.
25 Strike a scoffer, and the simple will become wary;
Rebuke one who has understanding, and he will discern knowledge.
26 He who mistreats his father and chases away his mother
Is a son who causes shame and brings reproach.
27 Cease listening to instruction, my son,
And you will stray from the words of knowledge.
28 A disreputable witness scorns justice,
And the mouth of the wicked devours iniquity.
29 Judgments are prepared for scoffers,
And beatings for the backs of fools.

 

WILL YOU GIVE GOD WHICH IS PRECIOUS TO YOU?

“Go, sell everything you have ... then come, follow me.” (Mark 10: 21)

The cross speaks of death. Someone put it this way: “Your cross is where your will and the will of God cross.” God has blessed us with many blessings, but we need to see that we are only stewards and the Lord is the owner. We should be willing to surrender them to Him when He asks. Abraham was faced with the ultimate challenge when he was called to sacrifice Isaac, the most precious son of promise. His willingness to sacrifice his son clearly demonstrated where his heart was. Exactly at the moment, when he had stretched out his hand and taken the knife to slay his son, God intervened and said, “Do not lay a hand on the boy. Do not do anything to him. Now I know that you fear God because you have not withheld from me your son, your only son.” (Genesis 22:12) That was probably the greatest challenge in Abraham’s life.

Dear friends, are we willing to lay on the altar those which are close to us, our reputation, our loved ones, our ministry, our possessions and allow Jesus to be the Lord of our life? Sometimes people ask, “If I become a Christian, will it mean I’ll have to stop………..”? Even though it is true that salvation is free and there is nothing we need to do to earn it, we cannot enjoy the fellowship with God and His forgiveness without being willing to submit to His lordship. Let us bring to mind how often Jesus put His finger on the thing that was central in a person’s life! To the rich young ruler it was his great possessions, to the Samaritan woman at the well it was her relationship with other men. “Jesus never allowed compromise but clearly spelt out the cost of following Him in a way that would discourage those who did not really mean business” writes Peter Gammons. Let us honestly look back over the years that we have walked with the Lord and see whether we have surrendered our will to Him in complete obedience to Him and said like Jesus, “Not my will, but your will be done”. This should not cause fear. God cares about us. He is not a tyrant. He wants us to have His best. He takes something away from us because He’s got something better. So, let us yield to Him with total confidence.

PRAYER: Heavenly Father. all the blessings that I have received are Yours. Let me not catch hold of these, but let me willing to give them back to You when You ask me. Help me to know that You always give me better things when I yield. In Jesus’ name I ask. Amen.

 

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